Las Gaviotas, Mexico, a surprise birthday trip that almost became a crazy venture...
This is a more of an anecdotal post, than photography, but a worthy little adventure. Little did I know I would be heading to Las Gaviotas, Mexico, down in Baja California last week for four days. We made great time and much to my surprise, one of my good friends and his wife met us down there in the quaint gated community of Las Gaviotas. The beach is rocky and with small waves makes entry for swimming, boogie-boarding, surging, etc., tricky. Anyway, the first full day we hauled the paddle boards down to the beach below and set off for an ocean paddle.
Off in the distance was a little island, we dubbed "The Rock". It didn't look to far, but it was quite the jaunt with fairly large swells, but thankfully no wind. In time, we circumnavigated the island, littered with Pelicans - their refuse, which was an apalling smell downwind from it. Seals and Sea Lions were barking at us as we paddled on the confused seas to head back to the beach - albeit 2.5 hours later. It turned out to be about a ten mile paddle. My legs felt that excursion for the next three days. Great paddle though and we were ready for a cold beer on our return.
Great company, good food and plenty of relaxation abounded. Though on our return we decided to go through Tecate, due to much shorter customs lines. However, as we pulled into Tecate, we commented on how the street lights and stop signs were small, more hidden than not. We were cautious. My companion pointed out a cop. A few minutes later, there's a knock on my window. It was the policia on his motorcycle asking me to pull over. in brief, he tried to say that "she was not wearing her seatbelt and four people saw her." Absolutely not true, we debated the issue and he then acquiesced and then stated I rolled through a stop sign without stopping. Another delicate argument in which I demanded that he write up a citation before following him to the police station. We weren't moving without a citation. After that cat and mouse game, he finally relented and we were on our way! Heart was racing a bit. Plenty of corruption down there - make sure you know how to handle those situations.
About the shot at the beach at Las Gaviotas:
I used my Lee Big Stopper (10 stop Neutral Density filter), which I'm still getting the hang of, but love it and the long exposure effects it produces. Camera - Canon 5D Mark III, EF 17-40mm, lens, ISO 200, f/18, 8 sec exposure.
I didn't shoot enough, but can't wait to go back!
Keywords: Baja California, Las Gaviotas, Lee Big Stopper, Mexico, black and white, landscape, long exposure, rocky beach, seascape
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